Definition of aloofness in US English:

aloofness

noun

  • See aloof

    • ‘Collins always seemed to play the game with an air of detachment, a cool aloofness in his comfortable possession of the ball and passing that was as smooth as soul music.’
    • ‘His mysterious, mesmerizing aloofness suggests that all we yearn for, all that really counts for us in the end, is hopelessly out of reach.’
    • ‘Being basically a shy person, I think some players mistook my shyness for aloofness.’
    • ‘It was his air of aloofness that drew attention.’
    • ‘The locals were neither friendly nor unfriendly; they stood staring from doorways or muttering to themselves in gloomy lanes, and their aloofness was unusual.’

Pronunciation

aloofness

/əˈlo͞ofnəs//əˈlufnəs/